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  1. https://www.facebook.com/adastrafanfic/posts/798437960175314 Â This one actually doesn't have an image, which makes it even more interesting that the reach was so great.
  2. I've got some results!  Posts with images (and that includes Archive works with covers) get more clicks than posts without (which rather neatly confirms something already proven by Hubspot).  For members who've had their works boosted on social media, I'm curious - are you seeing more readers?  Also, these are our most popular Facebook posts, so far - A personal emergency calls Isira home to Betazed #startrek http://ow.ly/wonkE 2384: As the Alpha & Beta Quadrants recover from the Dominon War #startrek http://ow.ly/wonkB Portrait of a Character ââ¬â Takara Sato #tttot14 #startrek 2 tragedies, 3 stories of personal growth, 2 battles won, new beginnings, 1 escape, 1 non-escape, nemeses! This vote is going to be difficult at best. And it's only the first week! What's Chapel's 1st day like? What's a butterfly mean 2 Jess? What about Gary Mitchell? 4 answers 2 these qs, tune into ââ¬Âª#ââ¬Å½ttot14ââ¬Â¬Â ââ¬Âª#ââ¬Å½startrekââ¬Â¬  Congratulations to Mike for THE most popular post on social media. The post about his story was seen by 113 people, clicked on 7 times, and received 1 like, 1 comment, and 1 share.  Note: all of these were also shared on Twitter. My own post (#3) was shared on both the Ad Astra Twitter feed and my own Twitter feeds. The #2 most popular post is one of trekfan's stories, and the last 2 are Twelve Trials of Triskelion promo posts.
  3. Got a bunch of 'em scheduled into early June. Right now, I'm only going with approved works that have covers. Coverless work is fine, but I want to see how these do first. Â These are works by LBD, trekfan, mdgarcia, RogueJawa and Miranda Fave.
  4. Who has said yes to this? I ask because once class is done I am going to start to put these together, and start to dig into older works.  Currently, I've been experimenting with some of LBD's work. Check it out on the Facebook page - it looks pretty snazzy if I do say so m'self.  Right now, I am concentrating on works with covers. If you don't have any covers, don't panic! I can slip in an Ad Astra logo but it most likely won't work with scheduled posts.  So, I strongly suggest covers. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. A plain single-color cover with the name of the story and your userid (and the name of your series, if applicable), can be perfectly fine.  If you would prefer space images, NASA graciously provides copyright-free imagery. See their policies.  Not everything you can find online is free use. In fact, most stuff isn't. When in doubt, ASK! Deviant Art is a great place to get images but you need artist permission. Most artists love this, and usually all you need to do is drop a link to their DeviantArt page or website, preferably in your story summary or notes. Please and thank you go a long, long way!  And, for all covers, one problem that we have with scheduled Facebook posts is that they often show the html coding. Usually the way Facebook posts work is, you get about 25 or so words and then if there's an image it shows it. But if the coding is within those first 25 or so words, the post picks those up. There is not a lot that can be done about that from my end, so it should behoove you to move your first 25 or so summary words to the top and then slip in your cover.  E. g. This lovely story is doing it right. The Facebook post will probably look a lot like -  The second story of the Aegolius Harrier. Ryaenn has taken command of her new ship but now she must prove herself to the crew and begin to win their loyalty. As Ryaenn readies the ship and crew for launch, she is faced with challenges ... and Ryaenn meets every challenge as a duel. (image)  Truth is, I can't always tell how the automatic posts will look beforehand.  If the image was at the top, the blurb would instead look a lot like this -  http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae85/mirandafave/Aegolius%20Harrier%20crew/AegoliusHarrierTitlecopysmaller_zps887942dc.jpg"> The second story of the Aegolius Harrier. Ryaenn has .... (image)  Look at all that real estate you lose.  This should also tell you that your first 25 or so words in your summary are kind of important. Consider how summary blurbs look on the side of the front page of the Archives. Some teasers are better than others. 'Nuff said.  Holler if you have questions but I am doing final project work for the next few days. Then I'll have two weeks before my next semester and would love to be working on these then!
  5. FYI Older stories will probably have to be manually added to social media (by, well, by me, most likely).  Covers and other images are very, very nice to have. Don't fret if you don't have a cover, but if you are deciding whether to add a cover to a story, and  you haven't, let this sway you in the direction of adding that cover.
  6. My passwords now all contain lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, special characters, a pint of my own blood (A positive), and my grandmother's recipe for potato knishes.
  7. I would suggest interlinking blogs, the site, etc. (this is for the blog writers to do). Most of the blogs are Google Page Rank of 0 or 1 and that should help pull them up a bit in search results. Â And keeping them updated helps (just sayin') .....
  8. True. Here's a contrast.  For Boldly Reading, we get more referrals from Twitter and FB. Searches include complex writing prompts write evil character  Most of our referrals come from Ad Astra or from other Ad Astra blogs.  For Barking Up the Muse Tree, most of my referrals come from Jespah.com (about 3 times as many as from the Ad Astra forums). Searches include empress hoshi sato fanfiction bambi woods (from a post on Broken Seal)  I also get a lot of referrals from Facebook, and from Wikia (I contribute to the Expanded Universe Wiki, at http://stexpanded.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page . For my character and story pages, I always link back to the blog). Plus there are some referrals from Twitter and even Deviant Art.
  9. Social media clicks - we can probably do better if we update the FB page with links a lot more often, say, by updating not only to show that there's a new story but also new blog posts or even new topics if they're in the public spaces. The FB page isn't used really at all; it's more like a place to say that we're members.  Similar with Twitter; we have the automatic updates (yay) but other posts, even just to link to an author's name (e. g. Have you read Nerys Ghemor's work lately? {link}, something like that).  Thank you for this - stuff to think about, and for Boldly Reading to think about. Onward to 2014! Huzzah!
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    jespah

    Aw, thanks! Love your day lily.
  11. Shniff I'm out of likes today so I am giving out mushy hugs instead.
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    jespah

    Does this mean I get fabulous eyeliner skills. Please say it's true.
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    jespah

    Thank you. I am humbly grateful. Â And am enjoying being busy.
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    #81 to our enemies. Â Notice how the #s are perfect squares? Â Yeah, I'm geeky like that.
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    jespah

    *thud* Â Ow. Â Thank you. Â Pie #49 for all!
  16. In preparation, I am making couscous. Â It's the dish of writing champions! Huzzah! Â Actually, I was gonna make couscous anyway.
  17. w00t! Congratulations!! Â MF - Â LBD -
  18. I usually get around that by using html code and unchecking use tiny mce.
  19. New spammer - http://www.adastrafanfic.com/viewuser.php?uid=331 I sent a note to Admin ("contact us").
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